Charity, in the BC times, related to love. Today, it refers to generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless. Which one would you even choose to give to? There are a lot of charities to give to in today’s society. To name a few:
- Water Aid
- Children Society
- Child Poverty Action
- Childhood Trust
- Save The Children
- Walcot Foundation
And there are lots more where these came from.
Giving, I find that it can be looked at as a dilemma; trying to decide which charity to give to, whether to give to all, how much to give, when and why. It’s a lot to consider.
Ponder on this, I’m sure I’m not the only one that remembers a time of being stopped in a shopping centre by a charity worker asking questions, pitching their goals to you, urging you to sign up to a good cause.
There are a lot of things to consider when giving to a charity: do I have enough money? Am I giving for the right reasons? Can I commit to another bill a month? How would I keep track of all the rest of my spending? Do I have the time or patience?
It might sound quite selfish to consider all of these things on the spot of being stopped by a charity staff member; however, it is important that you do think about these things instead of rushing into a commitment that you may later want to come out of.
What charity should I give to?
I would say that the charity you choose to give to should relate to your heart and those things that you are passionate about. For example: if you have a undeniable passion for children, then maybe a cause that focuses on supporting poor children would be a good option for you to choose.
How much should I give?
Think about what you can afford and then decide. Don’t rush into a decision hastily and don’t feel pressured to give either. Give because you want to not because you have to.
Giving should be an action to help us feel some form of satisfaction of doing good but it should also be a cause we tap into because we recognise our own privileges and blessings and only want others to experience the same.